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Renault special advisor and F1 legend Alain Prost insists the French manufacture will at some point have one of the best power units in Formula 1.

Renault’s Viry Châtillon engine department has endured a rough start to the 2019 season with a series of MGU-K failures suffered by the manufacturer’s works outfit and its customer McLaren.

Carlos Sainz was sidelined in Melbourne by the element’s breakdown, while Nico Hulkenberg and Daniel Ricciardo were simultaneously hit with problems in the closing stages of the Bahrain Grand Prix.

All Renault engines were fitted with an updated MGU-K in China but Hulkenberg was once again stopped by a rupture, although one rooted in a software glitch rather than in the …

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Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff believes Ferrari’s decision in China to swap the running order of its drivers early in the race may have set a risky precedent.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc overtook team mate Sebastian Vettel at the start of the race in Shanghai but was ordered to yield to the faster German after ten laps, to give Vettel an opportunity to bridge the gap with the front-running Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.

Vettel failed to catch up with the Silver Arrows cars while Leclerc, as a result of letting his team mate through, eventually fell into the clutches of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and lost a position to the Dutchman during the race’s first pit stop rotations.

Wolff said he understood the motivation behind the Ferrari pit wall’s decision to swap its drivers, but insist

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Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto says the Scuderia could switch its focus to Charles Leclerc later this year if circumstances warrant that the Monegasque be given priority over Sebastian Vettel.

Before the start of this season’s campaign, Binotto revealed that Vettel, as Ferrari’s senior driver, would be given priority over his team mate in a “50-50” situation that would require the Scuderia to make a call.

Melbourne and Bahrain offered a glimpse of a potential shift of the balance of power at the Italian outfit, with Leclerc remaining behind Vettel in Australia as the result of a team order but clearly outpacing the German…

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Former F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone says Sebastian Vettel stumbles once too often when racing wheel-to-wheel with Lewis Hamilton, claiming the Mercedes driver is like a “mental block” for the German.

As arch-rivals fighting for the title, Hamilton and Vettel often found themselves at loggerheads on the track last season.

The Ferrari driver knocked himself out of contention at Monza last year when he spun while trying to resist the reigning world champion.

And Vettel did it again in Bahrain when he spun while trying to hang on to the back of Hamilton’s Silver Arrow.

The 31-year-old was lambasted by the Italian media after a race in which he had also been outpaced by Scuderia new recruit Charles Leclerc, but Ecclestone is confident Vettel

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